Solar System Facts – 120 Interesting Facts About the Solar System

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Solar system facts: Interesting facts about the solar system. Our solar system has only one star, the sun. There are eight planets, three dwarf planets, moons, and other astronomical objects each following its own orbit in the solar system. All the objects in the solar system move around the sun in an elliptical orbit.

Gravity is the fundamental mechanism of the solar system that causes all the objects to move in an elliptical orbit. The sun exhibits gravitational force on each object bending the straight path to curved, making the entire solar system move in an elliptical path. The size of the solar system extends for 2 light-years, that is 125,000 times the distance from the sun to the earth.

Solar System Facts

86% of solar system mass comes from the sun and only 0.14% comes from remaining planets.

The planet Jupiter is considered as the solar system’s garbage disposal, because of its strong magnetic field that attracts space debris.

All the heavier elements in our body such as iron, carbon, calcium etc were made in supernova explosion.

Every year our moon is moving away from the earth with a distance of 4cm (1.6 inches).

Saturn is considered as the second largest planet of our solar system, but it’s the lightest planet in our solar system.

Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars are called terrestrial planets and are mostly composed of rock and metal.

The Astronauts can grow two inches taller due to lack of gravity in space.

The edge of our solar system is more than 1,000 times father than Pluto.

We cannot burp in space.

Solar system lies in a quite area of our galaxy, far from its busy center where a supermassive black hole exists, it has 4 million times the mass of our sun.